Author Archives: sequencingscott

The tuition is too damn high!

I think I know what Jimmy McMillan’s opinion would be concerning college tuition rates. In my previous post, I included an infographic that suggested tuition rates have increased by 500% since the early 1980s. If we start just a little … Continue reading

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Do we value education?

In my professional development class last week, I had the opportunity to listen to several international students who were willing to stand up and speak about their educational backgrounds, as well as share their perspectives on the educational system of … Continue reading

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A Globalized Diet

In my recent articles dealing with the controversy surrounding GMOs, I discussed the idea of food security and touched briefly upon the subject of monoculture and the issues that arise from this practice. In this article, I intend to expand … Continue reading

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The GMO Controversy, Part II

  Welcome back for the third article in this series on GMOs, cleverly entitled part 2 just to confuse you. In my first article I spent some time defining what it means for something to be “GM”, or “genetically modified”. … Continue reading

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The GMO Controversy, Part I

The subject of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is quite a challenging topic for most people to discuss, which is unfortunate because it is also a rather important subject. By its very nature, this is a complicated subject because it … Continue reading

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Defining GMO

Growing up, I was surrounded by fields of corn that often stretched as far as the eye can see. I grew up on a farm in southern Indiana, so that should not be surprising. My father, uncle, and cousin still … Continue reading

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Chicken-what? Unless you happen to be familiar with tropical diseases, odds are pretty good that you have no idea what I am talking about. Chikungunya is a viral disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The word “chikungunya” comes from the … Continue reading

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Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks

The Council on Foreign Relations addresses a wide range of topics, and if you explore the website you will discover that they have a section for interactive publications. Among these publications is an interactive map that plots global outbreaks (since … Continue reading

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Dragonflies and damselflies

I thought I might write about one of my favorite insects. I mean, I think just about all insects are pretty awesome, but we all have favorites…right? Anyhow, I have been fascinated by dragonflies for as long as I can … Continue reading

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Apparently large predators are big news right now…I mean, one lousy Science paper comes out and suddenly everyone is chanting “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” No, seriously. That is how NPR led off the story that aired this … Continue reading

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